Archive for October 10th, 2017

10/10/2017

How to Eradicate Rural Poverty, End Urban Malnutrition – A New Approach

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Oct 9 2017 (IPS) – Population growth, increasing urbanisation, modern technologies, and climate change are transforming the world at a fast pace. But what direction are these transformations headed in? Are they benefitting the poor and the food insecure? And will the food systems of the future be able to feed and employ the millions of young people poised to enter labour markets in the decades to come?

Nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, ensure food safety and authenticity, and increase livestock production. Credit: FAO

 

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10/10/2017

Rural Areas Have Potential to Feed and Employ ‘Younger, More Crowded Planet’ – UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

Long seen as poverty traps, rural areas are in fact key to economic growth in developing countries when pegged to food production, according to a new United Nations agriculture agency report released on Monday9 October 2017.

Small scale farmers preparing trenches and fertilizing a grape production project. Photo: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Eliza Deacon

10/10/2017

Global Unemployment Passes 200 Million in 2017

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 200 million people are out of work around the world – an increase of 3.4 million since last year, the United Nations labour agency on 9 October 2017 said, calling for policies that can recharge “sluggish” growth of small and medium-sized businesses.

Factory workers producing shirts for overseas clients, in Accra, Ghana. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank. Source: UN News Centre

 In the new addition of its flagship report, World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable Enterprises and Jobs, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned that small and medium sized enterprises has “stagnated,” the impact of which is worst in developing economies, where more than one in two workers are employed in small and medium-sized firms.

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10/10/2017

Searching for a Doctor at 3,000 Metres High

Human Wrongs Watch

PORCÓN, Peru, Oct 6 2017 (IPS) – Good healthcare can be hard to get – particularly when one lives on top of a mountain. The road to Porcón in the Cajamarca region of Peru, therefore, is as breathtaking as it is sobering. With every step further into its isolated natural beauty, a group of volunteers sent to deliver healthcare essentials are reminded how long the trek would be in an emergency.

Celestina of Porcón Alto, a rural region high in the Andes, whose family has lived on the same plot of land for generations. Credit: Andrea Vale/IPS

Celestina of Porcón Alto, a rural region high in the Andes, whose family has lived on the same plot of land for generations. Credit: Andrea Vale/IPS

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